New York City’s Chinatown on March 27, 2021

In eighth grade I won an essay contest. It was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the prompt was: “Is Freedom Really Free?” With the help of my older sister, also an immigrant from Hong Kong, I wrote about Hobbes and Locke, about social contracts and about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. At the awards ceremony, I nibbled nervously at a cookie while white Vietnam War veterans clapped me on the back and told me I had a bright future. But the events of this past year have made me question these ideas.

I would go…

June Ng

chinese american ob/gyn in nyc and proud dog and plant mom

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